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ACS CRS CME Subscription

ACS Case Reviews in Surgery offers in-depth analyses of current and unique surgical cases. Each 10-article issue will teach surgeons effective ways to use the highest-quality surgical research to achieve patient care excellence.

ACS Smoking Cessation Online Course

Our e-learning program for surgical practitioners details the effects of nicotine and smoking on surgical outcomes, the benefits of counseling and pharmacotherapy, the appropriate codes and reimbursement benefits for smoking cessation counseling, and resources for surgeons and patients.

Participants can earn a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Central Lines Home Skills Kit

The Surgical Patient Education Central Lines Home Skills Kit provides patients with comprehensive, interactive materials to enable learning and practicing of the skills needed for optimal postoperative recovery. This program will walk you through: understanding your central line (CVAD), skills to manage your central line, problem solving, home management tips, as well as other resources. Each skills kit contains: practice equipment (syringes, tubing, needleless connector, alcohol wipes, gloves, and practice model), a DVD with skill demonstration, an instruction booklet with images, a self-assessment checklist, and references for additional support. The Central Lines Home Skills Kit was developed by a multidisciplinary program of the American College of Surgeons Division of Education and has been funded in part by a grant from Teleflex.

Visit the ACS website for more information about the Central Lines Home Skills Program .

*Skills Kits should be eligible for reimbursement with flexible spending accounts (FSA), health savings accounts (HSA), and health reimbursement accounts (HRA).

A $20.00 per item shipping fee will be added to all orders being shipped outside the US/CAN region.

Colectomy Brochure (Spanish)

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These comprehensive patient education brochures, available in packs of 25, inform patients and their families about their operation. Content includes an overview of the operation, treatment options, and procedure description. Expectations, preparation for surgery, recovery, and discharge information are also included. All American College of Surgeons and Joint Commission guidelines are met. Visit the ACS website to view the brochure.

A $20.00 per item shipping fee will be added to all orders being shipped outside the US/CAN region.

Colectomy Brochure

These comprehensive patient education brochures, available in packs of 25, inform patients and their families about their operation. Content includes an overview of the operation, treatment options, and procedure description. Expectations, preparation for surgery, recovery, and discharge information are also included. All American College of Surgeons and Joint Commission guidelines are met. Visit the ACS website to view the brochure.

A $20.00 per item shipping fee will be added to all orders being shipped outside the US/CAN region.

Feeding Tube Home Skills Kit

The Surgical Patient Education Feeding Tube Home Skills Kit is a simulation-based, multimedia program that supports self-paced learning and safe self-management following discharge. Each skill kit contains practice equipment, a DVD with skill demonstration, an instruction booklet with images, discharge guidelines, references for additional support, and a step-by-step checklist to guide performance and evaluation of skill acquisition. The Feeding Tube Home Skills Kit was developed with multi-association consensus and is funded in part by a grant from Applied Medical Technology, Inc.

Visit the ACS website for more information about the Feeding Tube Home Skills Program .

*Skills Kits should be eligible for reimbursement with flexible spending accounts (FSA), health savings accounts (HSA), and health reimbursement accounts (HRA).

A $20.00 per item shipping fee will be added to all orders being shipped outside the US/CAN region.

Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, and Clifford Y. Ko, MD, MS, MSHS, FACS, Editors.

Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety is intended to be a trusted resource for surgical leaders seeking to improve patient care in their institutions, departments, and practices. It builds on the the College’s long tradition of developing successful quality programs for improving surgical care, and introduces key concepts in quality, safety, and reliability and explores the essential elements that all hospitals should have in place to ensure patient-centered care.

Optimizing Perioperative Pain Management: An Evidence-Based ApproachNuances of patient characteristics demand a sophisticated approach to pain management.Master the complexities of perioperative pain management with the real-life strategies highlighted in this new online program. Challenging patient scenarios across preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative periods are used to demonstrate the array of pain management approaches essential for effective surgical care. After completing Optimizing Pain Management:  An Evidence-Based Approach, learners will be able to: Outline the array of pain management approaches essential for effective surgical care, including multimodal therapies and pain management with and without the use of opioids.Describe differences in appropriate pain management approaches for straightforward and complex patient profiles across preoperative, intraoperative, postoperative, and end-of-life periods.Discuss the implications of opioid use in perioperative patients and the strategies to manage patients with profiles ranging from opioid naïve, to opioid use for chronic pain, and to opioid dependency.
Ostomy Home Skill Kit: Adult Colostomy/Ileostomy (Spanish)

The Surgical Patient Education Ostomy Home Skills Kit provides Spanish-speaking patients with comprehensive, interactive materials to enable learning and practicing of the skills needed for optimal postoperative recovery. Each skill kit contains: practice equipment (pouch, scissors, stoma model, measurement guide, surgical marker), a DVD with skill demonstration, an instruction booklet with images, a self-assessment checklist, and references for additional support. Kits are available for purchase as single kits or in groups of five. The Ostomy Home Skills Kit was developed by a multidisciplinary program of the American College of Surgeons Division of Education and has been funded in part by a grant from Coloplast Corp. View the Spanish Adult Colostomy/Ileostomy Skills Kit .

*Skills Kits should be eligible for reimbursement with flexible spending accounts (FSA), health savings accounts (HSA), and health reimbursement accounts (HRA).

A $20.00 per item shipping fee will be added to all orders being shipped outside the US/CAN region.

Ostomy Home Skill Kit: Adult Urostomy (Spanish)

The Surgical Patient Education Ostomy Home Skills Kit provides Spanish-speaking patients with comprehensive, interactive materials to enable learning and practicing of the skills needed for optimal postoperative recovery. Each skill kit contains: practice equipment (pouch, scissors, stoma model, measurement guide, surgical marker), a DVD with skill demonstration, an instruction booklet with images, a self-assessment checklist, and references for additional support. Kits are available for purchase as single kits or in groups of five. The Ostomy Home Skills Kit was developed by a multidisciplinary program of the American College of Surgeons Division of Education and has been funded in part by a grant from Coloplast Corp. View the Spanish Adult Urostomy Kit

*Skills Kits should be eligible for reimbursement with flexible spending accounts (FSA), health savings accounts (HSA), and health reimbursement accounts (HRA).

A $20.00 per item shipping fee will be added to all orders being shipped outside the US/CAN region.

Ostomy Home Skills Kit: Ped. Colostomy/Ileostomy

The Surgical Patient Education Ostomy Home Skills Kit provides patients with comprehensive, interactive materials to enable learning and practicing of the skills needed for optimal postoperative recovery. Each skill kit contains: practice equipment (pouch, scissors, stoma model, measurement guide, surgical marker), a DVD with skill demonstration, an instruction booklet with images, a self-assessment checklist, and references for additional support. Kits are available for purchase as single kits or in groups of five. The Ostomy Home Skills Kit was developed by a multidisciplinary program of the American College of Surgeons Division of Education and has been funded in part by a grant from Coloplast Corp. View the Pediatric Colostomy/Ileostomy Skills Kit .

*Skills Kits should be eligible for reimbursement with flexible spending accounts (FSA), health savings accounts (HSA), and health reimbursement accounts (HRA).

A $20.00 per item shipping fee will be added to all orders being shipped outside the US/CAN region.

Ostomy Home Skills Kit: Adult Colostomy/Ileostomy

The Surgical Patient Education Ostomy Home Skills Kit provides patients with comprehensive, interactive materials to enable learning and practicing of the skills needed for optimal postoperative recovery. Each skill kit contains: practice equipment (pouch, scissors, stoma model, measurement guide, surgical marker), a DVD with skill demonstration, an instruction booklet with images, a self-assessment checklist, and references for additional support. Kits are available for purchase as single kits or in groups of five. The Ostomy Home Skills Kit was developed by a multidisciplinary program of the American College of Surgeons Division of Education and has been funded in part by a grant from Coloplast Corp. View the Adult Colostomy/Ileostomy Home Skills Kit .

*Skills Kits should be eligible for reimbursement with flexible spending accounts (FSA), health savings accounts (HSA), and health reimbursement accounts (HRA).

A $20.00 per item shipping fee will be added to all orders being shipped outside the US/CAN region.

Ostomy Home Skills Kit: Adult Urostomy

The Surgical Patient Education Ostomy Home Skills Kit provides patients with comprehensive, interactive materials to enable learning and practicing of the skills needed for optimal postoperative recovery. Each skill kit contains: practice equipment (pouch, scissors, stoma model, measurement guide, surgical marker), a DVD with skill demonstration, an instruction booklet with images, a self-assessment checklist, and references for additional support. Kits are available for purchase as single kits or in groups of five. The Ostomy Home Skills Kit was developed by a multidisciplinary program of the American College of Surgeons Division of Education and has been funded in part by a grant from Coloplast Corp. View the Adult Urostomy Skills Kit .

*Skills Kits should be eligible for reimbursement with flexible spending accounts (FSA), health savings accounts (HSA), and health reimbursement accounts (HRA).

A $20.00 per item shipping fee will be added to all orders being shipped outside the US/CAN region.

Ostomy Home Skills Kit: Pediatric Urostomy

The Surgical Patient Education Ostomy Home Skills Kit provides patients with comprehensive, interactive materials to enable learning and practicing of the skills needed for optimal postoperative recovery. Each skill kit contains: practice equipment (pouch, scissors, stoma model, measurement guide, surgical marker), a DVD with skill demonstration, an instruction booklet with images, a self-assessment checklist, and references for additional support. Kits are available for purchase as single kits or in groups of five. The Ostomy Home Skills Kit was developed by a multidisciplinary program of the American College of Surgeons Division of Education and has been funded in part by a grant from Coloplast Corp. View the Pediatric Urostomy Skills Kit .

*Skills Kits should be eligible for reimbursement with flexible spending accounts (FSA), health savings accounts (HSA), and health reimbursement accounts (HRA).

A $20.00 per item shipping fee will be added to all orders being shipped outside the US/CAN region.

Patient Education Toolkit - 60 Day Free Trial

A 60-day trial of your own personalized Surgical Patient Education Toolkit with access to the entire ACS Patient Education resources. Over 200 titles are available to print, display on your website, or deliver electronically to help patients understand their surgical procedures and better manage their perioperative care. Titles include the entire surgical prep series - medications, quit smoking, questions to ask, procedure education, safe pain control, Home Skills training videos and the Prepare for Cancer Surgery series as well as patient education from federal government health agencies. You have control of the titles displayed and can publish you own patient education content. Your Toolkit can be personalized with your professional practice information that highlights your surgical expertise.

The free trial will end in 60 days from the point of purchase. At 60 days you will have the opportunity to purchase the full program. If the purchase is not made, your site will close and no longer be available. The ACS website contains all materials for patient viewing.

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 *Additional print brochures and videos for your hospital library can be ordered separately.

Preventing Errors & Near Misses in Surgery: Strategies for Ind & Teams

This DVD will facilitate a better understanding of the most common types of human factor errors, why they occur, and the contexts for occurrence. The program will help surgeons and other members of the surgical team to be vigilant in watching for these errors in surgical practice, and in applying strategies to help prevent them and mitigate their effects. The DVD is designed for individual use or teaching purposes, and includes a toolbox with supplemental resources. Developed by the ACS Division of Education 2011.  Please note continuing education credit (CME) is not available for this product.